Camping is an elective outdoor recreational activity. Generally held, participants leave developed areas to spend time outdoors in more natural ones in pursuit of activities providing them enjoyment. To be regarded as "camping" a minimum of one night is spent outdoors, distinguishing it from day-tripping, picnicking, and other similarly short-term recreational activities. Camping can be enjoyed through all four seasons.
Camping may involve sheltering in the open air, a tent, caravan, motorhome, or primitive structure. Luxury may be an element, as in early 20th century African safaris, but including accommodations in fully equipped fixed structures such as high-end sporting camps under the banner of "camping" blurs the line.
Camping as a recreational activity became popular among elites in the early 20th century. With time, it grew more democratic, and varied. Modern participants frequent publicly owned natural resources such as national and state parks, wilderness areas, and commercial campgrounds. Camping is a key part of many youth organizations around the world, such as Scouting, which use it to teach both self-reliance and teamwork.
  1. arakboss

    Yellowstone trip on a budget, no camping.

    Looking for advice on planning a budget late September Yellowstone trip. We won't have the cash for $300 a night lodging in the park. We would also like to see Mt Rushmore and maybe Devils Tower, while we are there.
  2. UnionMillsNW

    Staying Dry in the PNW

    Hey Folks, After spending this deer season mostly dry to move into a soaking wet Elk season I started thinking about how important it is to be and stay dry in the outdoors. Staying dry becomes vital if you plan on being in the wild for more than a day (for hunting, hiking, or SHTF). So I...
  3. Roymil666

    New Camping Spot

    Every year all of us guys with kids try to get away and do a off grid camping trip without the wives or kids. Only problem is that this year our usual spot is closed to the public due to fires (off 46 near Olallie lake). So I'm in search of another spot within a few hours of Salem. No designated...
  4. T

    Bad idea? Was going to go scouting and camping by my self next week but...

    having second thoughts. The area to go scouting is about 20 miles off of paved road in the Eastern Oregon's Blue Mountains. Limited cell service. I was going to scout out some canyons. I was going to go with my adult standard schnauzer and new 9 week old girl standard schnauzer puppy. The...
  5. SrMachoSolo

    Shot at while camping

    I just saw this post from a few weeks ago in a local off road group. I've been out in the woods quite a bit, but haven't (yet) had this close of an encounter. So far no updates from the sheriff. Some comments suggest it was near a grow operation; however, the OP states they were very close...
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